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<xTITLE>My Divorce is Over… Now What?</xTITLE>

My Divorce is Over… Now What?

by Denise French
June 2019

From Denise French's blog at Divorce Strategies Group

Denise French

Whether your divorce was a high conflict or fairly co-operative experience, you will cross the finish line and look up at some point wondering what the next step is. Do you have names that need to change, titles that need to be revised, or beneficiaries that need to be re-named? What should you do first? What should you do next?

One Step at a Time

With so many things that you’ll need to do, figuring out the next step can be overwhelming. Not to mention the problems that can arise if you skip something. And the list will be different for everyone. So, one of the first steps that you’ll need to do is take inventory the items that need to be on your list. Start this with your settlement agreement, to see the items that you need to re-title or re-name and the processes that you need to get in motion.

With our clients, we take a comprehensive approach to the divorce process and the necessary next steps by making sure each client has a list of post-divorce steps to take. We also offer guidance through those next steps if needed. For most folks “QDRO” may as well be a Greek word and opening a Roll Over IRA account to receive assets sounds like an insurmountable task. Actually, even the things that seem simple, like creating your new budget, can feel insurmountable at this point. So, don’t be afraid to get help with these.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you find that you need direction through these steps, reach out to the divorce professional that guided your process. They can usually offer recommendations to the other professionals you will need to take the next steps. You can also contact us!

Wherever you are in the process, the beginning, the middle, right at the final decree, or at the title change stage, we are here to help.

So, you’ve made it to the finish line! You ran a great race. It’s okay to pause for a minute and take a breath, and look at how far you’ve come. Just be sure to continue that walk into your future one step at a time to complete your transition to your new normal.

Biography


Denise founded Divorce Strategies Group in 2014. Divorce Strategies Group was incepted because of her own ugly divorce in 2007. Denise desired to create a firm where others could have a better divorce experience, and to help other children not face the trauma her own child experienced. She helps other walk through the divorce process in a dignified, confident manner.

Denise is a Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®), a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), a Family and Child Custody Mediator and trained as a Collaborative Law Financial Expert. Denise focuses on the areas of divorce finance, divorce tax, separate property tracing, executive compensation in divorce, pension plans, expert witness testimony as well as the emotional aspects of divorce.

Denise also founded French Financial Group in 2012. Prior to French Financial Group, Denise worked as a regional sales executive for large investment and insurance firms. She has over 22 years of experience in financial planning, investment positioning, and income strategies. She currently provides full-service financial planning, investment placement and insurance as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) under French Financial Group. Denise is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).



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